Watermelon is the quintessential Summertime treat in most areas of the world. Because of their popularity in home gardens, we get a lot of questions from both beginner and long-time gardeners when Spring garden planning begins. So let’s address the questions we get the most when deciding to grow your watermelons at home.
Are watermelons hard to grow?
In general, watermelons, like other fruits and vegetables, are not particularly difficult to grow. However, they do require a few key things: a lot of sun, adequate water, the correct nutrients (and a lot of them), and most importantly a LOT of space. To grow your watermelons successfully, we recommend starting your plants from seeds and transplanting them into your garden.
Can I grow watermelons vertically?
No doubt you’ve seen plenty of photos and posts out there showing watermelons growing on a chain-link fence or on a trellis. And yes, while it absolutely can be done, it’s not a method that we recommend. Watermelon vines are naturally relatively delicate and tend to sprawl outward, not upward. Supporting large fruits can very easily damage your vines from the weight of the melons. Once watermelons do start producing, they will have to be supported manually and individually tied up so it is a very labor-intensive process. From a harvesting standpoint, growing vertically also eliminates a key factor in determining the ripeness and sweetness of your melon, the field spot (keep reading for more information on this!).